TROIS-RIVIÃˆRES, QC - The Castrol Super Series made its inaugural appearance on the streets of Trois-RiviÃ¨res, Quebec on Saturday afternoon. For all but one tour of the 42-lap Grand Prix de Trois-RiviÃ¨res, the race belonged to Don Thomson. But...
TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QC - The Castrol Super Series made its inaugural appearance on the streets of Trois-Rivières, Quebec on Saturday afternoon. For all but one tour of the 42-lap Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, the race belonged to Don Thomson. But as the cliché goes, it's the last lap that counts. And for the second week in a row, it was Peter Gibbons who had the honour of leading the final lap.
Transmission troubles slowed Thomson's Home Hardware Chevy on its final trip around the cement-walled street circuit, leaving the way clear for Gibbons' Canadian Tire Chevrolet to take the victory. In the process, Gibbons became the Castrol Super Series' first two-time winner of the season.
In many ways, the race bore a striking resemblance to the one held just seven days earlier at Montreal's Autodrome St-Eustache. As was the case in Montreal, the final 'lap leaders' listing at Trois-Rivières contained only two names - those of Thomson and Gibbons. With four races remaining, the top two competitors for the 2000 Castrol Cup appear to have emerged, once again, as the prime candidates for victory in this year's late-season Super Series events.
Another characteristic shared by both of this year's Quebec Super Series events was the presence of Castrol SYNTEC Intrepid driver DJ Kennington on the second step on the podium, following the race. The St. Thomas, ON resident has been incredibly consistent in almost every race held this summer and added another top result to his résumé, at Trois-Rivières.
Ford Taurus driver Kerry Micks finished third in the race after fighting his way through the entire field. The Mt. Albert, ON driver stopped on the track prior to the initial green flag and was relegated to the rear of the 23-car CASCAR Late Model pack for the start of the race. Advancing 20 positions was a huge accomplishment for the former Castrol Super Series champion.
Reversing their final finishing positions from St-Eustache were Dave Jacombs and Kelly Williams. At Trois-Rivières, Jacombs came home in fourth, while Williams was fifth. Rookie Teri MacDonald-Cadieux finished sixth to record her best ever Castrol Super Series result.
CASCAR NOTES: The next event on the Castrol Super Series schedule is next weekend (Aug. 11) at Cayuga Speedway... Less than a week after becoming a father for the first time, Scott Steckly returned to action and finished seventh at Trois-Rivières... The 'Blue Streak presents the Mosport 250' road race from Mosport Int'l Raceway will air next Tuesday (Aug. 7) on Sportsnet. The race will be broadcast at 8 p.m. in the East and at 7:30 p.m. in Ontario. Those in the West and Pacific regions can see it on Monday night (Aug. 6) at 7 p.m. ...